Alternative Coast to Coast - East Section

Alternative Coast to Coast - East Section

An enticing walking holiday from Richmond to Saltburn-by-the-Sea through the North York Moors.

5 to 6 nights
59 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £540 per person

Discover the available tours

About this route

The Eastern section of the Alternative Coast to Coast starts in the old town of Richmond and continues through the dramatic landscape of the North York Moors to Saltburn-by-the-Sea. The trail visits the wonderful Yorkshire towns of Danby Wiske, Ingleby Cross and Clay Bank Top, each with their own unique charm.

The walk features fantastic viewpoints including Urra Moor and Roseberry Topping, showcasing breath taking views. There is also plenty of local history to discover, including Captain Cook’s famous memorial and the heritage and folklore surrounding the Victorian town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

© Contours Walking Holidays Alternative Coast to Coast - East Section map
Richmond to Saltburn-by-the-Sea
59 miles (95 km)
28th March to 30th October

Holiday highlights

Experiencing the remote landscape of the North York Moors and enjoying the sensation of walking through wild, open space.

Admiring the spectacular views over the Vale of Mowbray from the highest point on the trail at Urra Moor.

Arriving in Saltburn-by-the-Sea on the coast and visiting both the Smuggler’s Museum and the beautiful woodland centre of Valley Gardens.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
ACCWE1 From Richmond to Saltburn-by-the-Sea 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate / Demanding£540
ACCWE2 From Richmond to Saltburn-by-the-Sea 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate£650

Alternative Coast to Coast - East Section 5 nights, 4 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Richmond where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Richmond to Ingleby Cross. 22.5 miles (36km)

Day 2

Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top(T). 12.5 miles (20km)

Day 3

Clay Bank Top(T) to Captain Cook's Monument(T). 12 miles (19km)

Day 4

Captain Cook's Monument(T) to Saltburn-by-the-Sea. 12 miles (19.5km)


Depart from Saltburn-by-the-Sea after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Saltburn-by-the-Sea)
Price on request

What's included?

  • 5 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

To ensure that you don't miss some of the fascinating locations along the trail, an extra night is a great way to extend your holiday.

Richmond is a good choice for a rest day, with charming cobbled streets and market place, a Norman castle, unusual church, Georgian theatre and museums to explore.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Saltburn-by-the-Sea)
Price on request

Tour Facts

Total distance: 59 miles (94.5 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12 miles (19 km)
Maximum daily distance: 22.5 miles (36 km)
Code: ACCWE1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 28th March - 30th October
Start of holiday: Richmond
End of holiday: Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major cities and international airports are Leeds Bradford, Durham-Tees Valley and Manchester.

By Rail - The nearest rail stations to the start of the trail (Richmond) are either Darlington (about 12 miles away) or Northallerton (about 20 miles away). There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Saltburn).

By Bus - There is a bus service to Richmond from Darlington, but no direct service from Northallerton, so a taxi would be the best option. Various bus services run from Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station (or accasionally London St Pancras International) to Darlington and Northallerton. A bus or taxi will then be required to Richmond.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a train from Saltburn to Darlington. From there a bus or taxi will be required to Richmond.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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